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Long Naps, Playtime In SPD K9 Charlie's Future As He Retires

Springfield Police Department

The Springfield Police Department’s K9, Charlie, is retiring.  The Malinois from Denmark began working with SPD in 2014.  He was a model K9 who enjoyed working--from tracking bad guys to conducting car sniffs, according to the department.

Charlie will live with his handler, Sgt. Michael Karnes, and his family in retirement.  He will get to relax and enjoy life by playing outside in the yard or laying around the house, according to SPD.

Department officials said they are grateful for Charlie’s service and they wish him plenty of naps and lots of treats in retirement.

Michele Skalicky has worked at KSMU since the station occupied the old white house at National and Grand. She enjoys working on both the announcing side and in news and has been the recipient of statewide and national awards for news reporting. She likes to tell stories that make a difference. Michele enjoys outdoor activities, including hiking, camping and leisurely kayaking.